CT 2017: India Thrash South Africa To Enter Semi Finals

Lynette Rowe
June 12, 2017

South Africa's cricketers resent their reputation for freezing under pressure, but they do themselves no favours.

"Today (against South Africa), it was all about asking him whether to keep the slip in there long enough or what does he think of the fields and just taking assurance. They hesitate going for their shots, we got them attacking fielders, and we asked the bowlers to make them play hard shots". It was this early pressure, both sides felt later, that had swung the game India's way.

Yes, there is the 1998 ICC Knockout win, but that is ancient history now.

With Upul Tharanga serving the second of his two-match ban for a slow over rate in this game against Pakistan, Sri Lanka have little option but to draft De Silva straight into the team. The tournament consisted of nothing but knockout games, starting at the Quarter Final stage. The "C" word has been associated with South Africa since 1992.

It was a two-footer - a shot that he would make 99 times out of 100 - that would have secured victory and his first ever Major title.

Pakistan were quite outstanding with the ball against South Africa, with Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali showing some good intent with pace, while the spinners tangled the Proteas batsmen up brilliantly.

With this win, India has qualified for the semi-finals. ABD had his captaincy questioned but ensured that he has no plans of giving up his captaincy anytime soon and would like to continue playing until the 2019 World Cup. Since they lost that group game against Australia they have played 12 knockout games and have lost 10.

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It was flawless Sunday for Team India.

The result: South Africa suffered an eight-wicket thrashing and were knocked out.

Quinton de Kock's 53 was the only score of any substance from the spineless South Africans, who had three men run out in a wretched performance.

Dismissing de Villiers and David Miller with their brilliant fielding, Team India enjoyed a huge boost in confidence. And the world laughed.

The Proteas, who came into the tournament as the number-one ranked side in world cricket, lost to India by eight wickets at the Oval to kiss their Champions Trophy hopes goodbye. The wheels were coming off and could be seen rolling down the Harleyford Road towards Vauxhall Station. A par total was somewhere close to 300, South Africa didn't even managed two thirds of that. The Chennai-born off-spinner broke South African speedster Dale Steyn's record of 78 wickets in 12 Tests in a single season. Regardless of the situation, you just have this lingering feeling that they will find a way to stuff it up. Here they had the licence to go as slowly as they wanted and it would cause them no ill effects.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane.

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